Paper Doily Makes: My Personalised Greetings Card Range

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Happy Friday all! How has your week been? I thought I’d post a little update on the greetings cards I’ve been working on this week, available in my NOTHS and Etsy shops. I’ve designed two brand new cards, featuring my favourite colours. If you can’t get creative with your favourite colours when you’re busy designing, then when can you? I’ve decided to run a trial on personalised cards to see how much my lovely customers like them. After offering non personalised greetings cards before, with some success (but admittedly not as much as I’d hoped) I am feeling positive about these ones! What do you think?

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I love the idea that personalised cards can potentially be treasured as keepsakes for some time. I always feel special when I’m given a lovely card, as I really appreciate the time that lovely person has spent choosing and sending it, particularly when social media and email is so prevalent now! Imagine how special the recipient would feel to know they have had a card designed especially for them?

I figured Personalised ‘Bridesmaid Thank you Cards’ and personalised ‘Happy Birthday Cards’ were a good place to start, but I hope to roll more designs out very soon. In the mean time, I hope you have a lovely weekend wherever you are in the world. Thank you so much for reading and I hope I’ve inspired you!

Paper Doily Makes: Heart & Flower Crochet Cake Topper

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll be aware of my long standing crochet addiction. As I also happen to adore party decorations, I’m always looking for new ways of combining the two. Why not? Cake toppers are one of the easiest and quickest crochet party decorations to make, as you only require a few shapes to make something special. Although crocheted garlands and wreaths are undoubtedly stunning, they require a lot more work and if you’re anything like me, sometimes you just need some quick satisfaction!

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I recently bought the rather stunning ‘Crochet Home’ book by crochet designer, Emma Lamb. The beautiful flower patterns were found in the book and the heart pattern was found in an old edition of my ever so growing collection of Simply Crochet Magazine. You’ll be able to search the web for similar heart patterns if you don’t have access to the magazines. Try some of these, but be sure to use a crochet stitch conversion chart depending on what country you’re crocheting from.

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After crocheting all four of these shapes, I sewed them all together with some left over yarn in the same colour as previously used. I then took two bamboo skewers (you can buy these from any supermarket) and attached them. This was achieved by sewing the skewers into each end piece with yarn to ensure they were secure. You’ll need a darning needle and some sharp scissors to do this, alongside your usual crochet hook.

Voila! Are you impressed? If you have a special occasion coming up and are looking for a fabulous edition to your cake, look no further! There are so many colour, texture and weight choices in terms of the yarn, you can definitely make it to suit your occasion. There are also so many patterns for similar sized shapes in a multitude of designs, so you can really go wild.

Please do let me know if you decide to make one similar, I’d love to see your results. Before you go, you may also love to see my other inspiring party craft tutorials here.

Paper Doily Makes: Crochet Rose Garland

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Hello all! Do you remember my crochet rose cake toppers blog post which I posted earlier this week? Well, I still have the crocheted rose bug and haven’t stopped making them ever since. Have you experienced that feeling when you’ve crocheted something so many times, you’re able to memorise the pattern? Yes, that! If you’d like to take a peek at the pattern, you can follow the blog link above to the original post. I warn you though, it’s addictive!

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I’m very impressed at how versatile these crocheted roses are. If you’ve visited Paper Doily Party Shop you’ll know that I’ve made my fair share of garlands over recent months. I just love the fact that they can transform any space into something beautiful, particularly when used for a special occasion. I just had to share my recent creation with you. This particular garland was made for a special friend who wanted to brighten up her home. Obviously I couldn’t let it out of my workroom before taking some gorgeous photographs of it. 

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What are your thoughts? Have I inspired you? Garlands are one of my favourite party decorations and I absolutely love making them. I’m definitely planning on making more. Would you be interested in seeing some DIY party garland blog posts? Do let me know if so, as it’ll be very enjoyable task. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Paper Doily Makes: Crochet Rose Cake Toppers

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Happy Tuesday all! I hope this week has been kind to you so far. As the weather in Somerset has been pretty dismal for the past few days, I decided to cheer myself (and my workroom) up with these beautifully vibrant crochet rose cake toppers. If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that I adore these four colours and find any excuse possible to use them in my craft projects.

These roses are adapted from this pattern which I found several weeks ago during one of my late night Pinterest spree’s. (We’ve all been there, right?) Since then I’ve been itching to make some cake toppers out of it. I actually made mine slightly bigger than the pattern suggests. For your reference, it’s a UK pattern, so if you’re based elsewhere, you may need to use this ever so trusty crochet conversion stitch chart to make sense of it. I used Patons Extrafine Merino wool to make the roses and I was suitably impressed. It was beautiful to work with and I think I may have just found my favourite yarn. (I’m so obsessed with yarn, I’m sure there will be another favourite next week!)

Just before finishing each rose I left a long yarn tail which was used for the next part. I took four bamboo sticks (approximately 20 centimetres in length) and carefully weaved them through the back of each rose. I then took a large needle and threaded these in place using the yarn tail mentioned above. The yarn tail was then darned through the back each rose and snipped off. Voila!

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If you’re looking to create a cake centrepiece then these are the perfect option. If you’re a crocheter, they are fairly easy to make, albeit the sewing part being a little fiddly until you get the hang of it.

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They can also be placed into little jars as table centrepieces. This is a perfect idea for weddings or other special events where you’re looking for a touch of handmade.

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Here’s a close up for you. Are you feeling inspired yet? I’d love to see your cake toppers if you decide to make some. You may also like to have a browse through my other tutorials for more cake topper ideas (and a few tasty recipes… you’ve been warned). Happy crafting!

Mini Glazed Ring Doughnuts Recipe

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After spending hours on Pinterest drooling over mini glazed ring doughnuts, it only felt right to buy a doughnut mould and get straight into the kitchen. With my best baking materials and apron at the ready, I began the bake. I was a little nervous at first, as I think doughnuts can look like a tricky, fiddly bake. Let me tell you that this isn’t true in the slightest. The doughnut mould makes the process incredibly easy and I think the outcome looks very impressive if I do say so myself. They are definitely fit for a special party, or even as cute little wedding favours placed in mini glassine bags. If only I had thought about that for my own wedding!

Anyway, if they look like your kind of thing and I’ve inspired you to have a go, please follow my recipe below. I would love, love, love to hear from you if you baked them using this recipe. This is the perfect recipe for a lazy Saturday. It’s also very well suited to those who have a moment of last minute panic when realising that there are no sugary treats in the house!

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To make these little bites of deliciousness, you’ll need:

Ingredients

150ml (5 fl oz) milk

1 large egg (US – extra large)

30g unsalted butter (1oz)

1 tsp vanilla extract

175g plain flour (6oz/ 1 1/2 cups)

75g caster sugar (superfine) (2 1/2 oz/ 1/3 cup)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

For the glaze:

225g icing sugar (8oz/ 1½ cups) (confectioners sugar)

A small selection of food colourings and sprinkles

2 – 3 1/2 tbs water

This recipe makes 48 mini doughnuts.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170C and lightly spray or butter a 12 hole mini doughnut mould. Beat the egg, butter, milk and vanilla extract until fully combined.

2. Sift the sugar, baking powder, flour, salt and cinnamon into another bowl and mix to combine.

3. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and briefly whisk until combined.

4. Unless you have multiple doughnut moulds, you’ll need to make 12 doughnuts at a time. Just simply clean the mould after each batch is finished and re grease it with the butter or spray.

5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until light brown.

6. Remove the doughnuts from the mould and allow to cool on a cooling rack. You may need to gently use a small pallet knife before turning out.

7. To make the glaze, whisk the icing sugar and water together. Choose your food colouring and divide your icing mixture into multiple bowls, dependent on how many colours you decide. Take a cocktail stick and dip this into the food colouring, before placing it into each bowl and stirring the colouring with a spoon.

8. Before moving onto the next stage, place a large piece of foil or baking parchment under the wire rack, to capture excess drips/icing/sprinkles.

9. Once icing has been fully mixed and coloured, dip one side of each doughnut into the glaze. Shake off any excess icing.

10. Decorate with sprinkles and enjoy!

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